Anyone else get vastly different readings at their prenatal care provider versus other places? I've been seeing a midwife and she's been telling me my blood pressure is getting higher. I am planning a home birth and if my BP gets to be 140/95 I cannot have a home birth so of course this is very important to me to keep it low! I've also been seeing a doctor due to hurting my wrist back in June and I saw my family doctor once during that time as well. The readings with the midwife seem to be getting higher and higher but yet at the other places they're normal.
I am in the process of getting the supplies I need to check my BP at home; she said if I did that she'd review my logs but also warned me I'd get lower readings at home (not sure if she meant they'd be artificially low?). First I bought a wrist monitor; it was terribly inaccurate. Don't ever waste your money! I returned that! It was giving me readings of like 90/60. Yeah, right. Then I bought the upper arm kind that you pump up but due to my size I have to get a larger cuff. The store I bought that at didn't have the larger cuff so I bought the cuff at a different store but it doesn't fit; they're not compatible. So now I have to order the larger cuff online to match the BP monitor. It's all just taking so long and my next midwife appointment is next week so I won't really have much to show her and we're getting into those last few weeks where she might have to make a decision soon as to whether I can HB or not.
Here are my readings for the past three months.
7/6 (midwife): 122/78 (last time it was "normal" before going up)
8/3 (midwife): 130/88 (This was first day it was high but I had sat through traffic from two accidents and was 25 minutes late to my apointment which I thought may have something to do with it.)
8/4 (wrist doc): 128/82 (very next day - a good amount lower I think)
8/15 (family doc): 125/75 (back to my "normal" I think)
8/31 (midwife): 132/80
9/1 (wrist doc): 124/80
9/14 (midwife): 130/90
9/29 (wrist doc): 122/78
Any theories on why my BP could be so different from place to place? Would you call these normal fluctuations? It seems they are always pronounced "good" at wrist doc and family doc but "high for me" at the midwife. I do have a long ride to my midwife's office and I know the first time it was high I was super late and had been stuck in traffic for awhile. The next time it was up again though there was nothing really going on. I don't know if just being there makes me nervous. You think I'd be more nervous at the wrist doctor since I hurt my wrist at work and everyone was acting so weird about it (like, "Oh, this is a pregnancy problem and she's trying to make a WC claim out of it," was the vibe I was orgiinally getting).
Oh, and things I've been doing to try to lower it since the 14th - more OJ, more blueberries, more whole foods, cut back on processed foods (I know, I shouldn't be eating those anyway!), cut back on restaurant meals (we had four homecooked dinners in a row this week so far), calcium magnesium zinc supplements, and passionflower extract. I never add salt to anything so I haven't really cut back on that since I didn't think it was a problem anyway. My midwife wants me to walk more but I'm having lots of hip and pelvic pain which are complicating matters!